The Letcher County Central Cougars defeated Jenkins 88-22 last Friday to raise their record to 5-1. The Cougars will now take their five-game win streak on the road.
After playing last night (Tuesday) at winless Belfry, the Cougars play this weekend in the two-day Kentucky Bank Challenge hosted at Rowan County in Morehead. The Cougars tangle with 3-3 East Carter on Friday and then take on winless 0-5 Nicholas County on Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars are off Christmas week before playing in the threeday Coalfield Clash at the Prior Center on the University of Virginia at Wise campus beginning on Monday, Dec. 28.
Letcher Central 70 Prestonsburg 38
Letcher Central won its fourth straight, 70-38, over visiting Prestonsburg last Thursday and raised its record to 4-1.
Junior guard Torell Carter, who was scoreless in the first quarter, entered the game averaging 33 points per. Carter scored his first basket with 6:00 left in the first half to push the Cougars’ advantage to 31-12. The game was stopped and Carter was recognized for scoring his 1,000th point. In playing just three quarters, Carter finished with a game-high 15 points and seven assists. He also had four steals, two blocked shots, three rebounds and zero turnovers.
The Cougars trailed early but went on a 9-0 run for an 11-4 lead with 3:32 left in the first quarter. LCC pushed its lead to 20-11 by the end of the first quarter and then used another 9-0 run to lead 29-11 at the 6:20 mark and used a 13-0 run to break the game open for a 40-12 lead with 4:40 left in the second quarter.
LCC led 54-21 at the half and 64-29 after three quarters and played much of the final quarter with the starters on the bench and the clock running continuously.
Senior forward Tyler Collins scored 14 point and pulled down a team-high six rebounds. Senior Jordan Gregory came off the bench to finish with 11 points, three steals and two assists.
Austin Caudill added seven points, three assists and two steals.
As a team, the Cougars came up with a whopping total of 16 steals and forced 20 turnovers but lost the rebounding battle 33-28 to the Blackcats.
LCC shot 50 percent (28/56) while the Blackcats connected on 15 of 41 field goal attempts for 37 percent.
Austin Banks scored nine points. Elijah Raglin and Gregory Kincer chipped with four points each. Tyler Stacy added three points and Nick Sergent two. Tyler Boggs finished with one point.
Prestonsburg, 1-1, was led in scoring by Jordan Ray’s 10 points. Senior center Dalton Frazier finished with seven points and seven rebounds.
Letcher Central 83 Phelps 52
The host Letcher Central Cougars struggled with lackluster, uninspired play for much of the first half before turning up the intensity in the second and then pulling away from Phelps for the 83-52 win December 9.
In winning their third straight, the Cougars struggled defensively and offensively — allowing Phelps to convert LCC turnovers into easy baskets in the first half.
LCC led 23-18 after the first quarter mainly because of junior guard Torell Carter’s offensive efforts. Carter, who finished with 34 points and left midway of the final quarter, scored 15 in the first quarter but struggled in the second quarter as Phelps closed to within 36-31 at the half.
Carter’s offensive stickback and then an alley-oops dunk that fired up the crowd also fired up the Cougars and LCCHS led 46-31 before Phelps scored its first basket of the second half with 3:47 left in the third quarter.
LCC, hitting on all cylinders, dominated the Hornets the rest of the way and led 62-42 at the end of three quarters.
LCC made 31 of 67 field goal attempts for 46 percent while limiting Phelps to 20 of 55 for 36 percent. LCC outrebounded the Hornets 42-35 with Carter pulling down a game-high 11.
Junior Austin Banks scored 13 points and dished out four assists. Senior forward Tyler Collins struggled on both ends of the court but finished with 10 points and five rebounds.
Nick Sergent came off the bench to score five points. Austin Caudill, Jordan Gregory, Jonathon Potter and Dawson Seals chipped in with four points each. Tyler Stacy scored three points. Gregory Kincer and Skyler Yonts finished with one point each.
Forward Christian Mounts led the 1-1 Hornets with 22 points.